Wednesday, September 11, 2013

adventure of alaskan proportions: conclusion (finally)

Ok! Last Alaska post, I promise!

The ship docked in Victoria, British Columbia on Friday evening. I wish we'd arrived earlier in the day, because most of the shops started to close soon after we finished the walk into town. Since Lu and I had already eaten dinner we did some shopping at an outdoor night fair, and spent a good amount of time listening to a very talented musician perform as the sun set. All in all, it was a very relaxing evening spent in our last port. I think it was exactly what we needed - after over a week of what felt like constant moving and sightseeing, it was nice to just chill out.

Another beautiful sunset, seemed to be the theme of the trip:

On Saturday morning, we grabbed one last buffet breakfast (I will NOT miss those), some coffee and disembarked from the Star Princess. Originally, we thought we'd be arriving in port much later in the day so we had booked a red eye return flight to Boston. That left us with 12+ hours to burn through in Seattle. Luckily the cruise line offers a service where they will send your bag and check it through security so that you don't have to lug it around, for a fee of course. They come around and collect them the night before, which meant we had to pack an outfit for the day, as well as all of our valuables. As a result, we were carrying around some seriously heavy bags. We had thrown around the idea of going up in the Space Needle, but when we got there, it was cloudy and we were both exhausted.

Luckily, Lu had the brilliant idea of finding a movie theater so that we could burn some time. It was perfect - we grabbed a bite to eat, charged our phones, and saw the new Wolverine movie (mehh). We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare and just in time for me to catch another (and my last) beautiful sunset of the vacation.

All in all the trip was.. spectacular. Alaska is amazing and I would absolutely go back. I'm not sure that a cruise is my style, but I think it makes a lot of sense for certain destinations - and Alaska is definitely one of them. Though, if I never see another buffet in my life, it'll be too soon.

No comments: